Operations Intern (Fellowships)

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Jan-Willem van Putten
Fellowship Director and Co-Founder

about the job

Start date:
As soon as possible, at the latest June 1
40 hours per week, especially in September (24-32 in other months is ok)
Amsterdam Office and Brussels for training in the last week of September
EUR 1.000 gross stipend based on 40hrs/wk
April 28, 2024, 11:59 PM CET (we’ll review applications on an ongoing basis before then)
4-6 months, at least until September 30

The School for Moral Ambition (SMA) is a new organisation that will focus on attracting the most talented people to work on the most pressing issues of our time. The activities of SMA fall into the following categories:

  • Book and Branding: Launch of Rutger Bregman’s book on the topic of moral ambition - the idea that people’s talents should be used for working on global challenges. Launch of a corresponding campaign to establish a prestigious brand that attracts talent and sparks a movement around moral ambition.
  • Community Activities: We will organise Moral Ambition Circles and offer the resources to start their own Circle. These circles help morally ambitious people develop a career that matches their ideals. 
  • Exclusive Fellowship Programs: Initiation of targeted, highly selective programs in which small groups of fellows (~12 people) will focus on solving one of the most pressing and neglected global problems together.

Please read our founding principles for a better insight into our mission and guiding values.

about the role

As the Operation Intern for Fellowships at the School for Moral Ambition (SMA), you will play a pivotal role in organising our 7-months full time exclusive fellowship programs. During these programs, fellows are trained and placed within influential organisations in order to maximise their impact potential. After an in-depth priority research process of three months, two fellowship programs are selected as the first two programs to run for this year. 

These programs are central to our mission of addressing the world's most pressing and neglected problems by harnessing the talents of exceptional individuals. Your role will involve (amongst other things) to help with the logistics of the fellowships. 

Key responsibilities

  • Handle administration of and communication to speakers and teachers
  • Scout training locations
  • Handle administration of 10 location contracts
  • Coordinate travel (and reimbursements) and logistics of ca. 45 speakers
  • Coordinate travel, lodging and food for training weeks in The Netherlands and Brussels
  • Be on site during training weeks to manage logistics

What We’re looking for

  • You might be an especially good fit if you have/are:
    • Passion for the concept of moral ambition
    • A relevant educational background: currently following education in event management, leisure management, hospitality, Hotelschool or another relevant background 
    • Start-up mindset: you are comfortable working in a relatively young organisation 
    • Detail-oriented: you excel at doing tasks neatly, e.g. polishing timetables and keeping track of unfilled speaker slots 
    • Effective and direct communication: you will work directly with our senior program managers and external stakeholders (e.g. speakers)
    • Proactive and solution oriented: you like to think three steps ahead and are eager to point out potential problems and generate solutions before they arise
    • Teamplayer: you place group results over your individual performance and make time to invest in the learning and growth of your colleagues. When difficulties arise in collaboration, you choose courage over comfort
    We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. We welcome applicants of all races, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, national origins, disabilities, and other diverse backgrounds. At the School for Moral Ambition, we value talent and a can-do attitude above traditional credentials.

What we offer

  • A nice office with shared lunch to work from
  • Colleagues that genuinely care about each other and are exceptionally passionate about improving the world. We are a close-knit team that values having fun and growing together more than most impact-focused organisations
  • Being part of a starting organisation with global impact potential. You can help make it happen
  • Growth opportunities: we are dedicated to providing an excellent learning experience for you
  • A high intern compensation for Dutch standards (EUR 1.000 per month)

Application process

  1. Application form: To get started, please fill the application form before April 28
  2. Interview: We’ll invite shortlisted candidates to a 45 minute interview with one of our Senior Program Managers, where we’ll ask a combination of situational judgement and experience-based questions, and open up time to discuss the role in more detail
  3. Work trial: 1 work day

Expected duration of this application process: maximum 4 weeks from job closing date. We will be flexible regarding the procedure for some specifically qualified applicants.